The Extended Specimen: Emerging Frontiers in Collections-Based Ornithological Research

Michael S. Webster

August 1, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 240 Pages - 21 Color & 32 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498729154 - CAT# K25955
Series: Studies in Avian Biology

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  • Illustrates the many ways in which bird specimens can be used to address crucially important biological questions
  • Reviews the uses of non-specimen collections such as acoustic recordings, genetic sequences, and video footage
  • Provides a clear rationale for sustaining Natural History Museum research
  • Documents the modernization of specimen records and development of museum bioinformatics


The Extended Specimen highlights the research potential for ornithological specimens, and is meant to encourage ornithologists poised to initiate a renaissance in collections-based ornithological research. Contributors illustrate how collections and specimens are used in novel ways by adopting emerging new technologies and analytical techniques. Case studies use museum specimens and emerging and non-traditional types of specimens, which are developing new methods for making biological collections more accessible and "usable" for ornithological researchers. Thus, book documents the power of ornithological collections to address key research questions of global importance.


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